There have been various discussions on the web about unsolicited designs and some of those present in this article have made serious noise among the designers or design teams that were involved in creating the actual website. It is easy for a person not working on an official project to create something creative because you are limited by almost nothing when doing a design, you don’t have to take into account things like metrics, creative direction, business acumen, sales experience, actual functionality, enterprise scale, or any thought about how a site with millions of page views and users has to function as Joshua Blankenship once mentioned.
If you would be tempted to do something like this yourself think about the designers of the actual site, the work they’ve put in, the studies they’ve conducted regarding user experience and everything that involves designing a website on a large scale. If, however, you do create such a redesign, try to make it as an experiment to test your skills or to try a new personal approach for the website, rather than doing it because you think your version could be better than the original. Most of the cases, if it involves a site that produces millions, you are wrong.
Having said this, check out a few unsolicited redesigns that have a completely different view than the original sites, a more creative one, but not necessarily a better one.
YouTube redesign by Josh Collie
Steam redesign by Josh Collie
Facebook redesign by Czarny-Design
Facebook redesign by Jonathan Moreira
Behance redesign by Czarny-Design
Amazon redesign by Yanis Markin
IMDB redesign by Vladimir Kudinov
New York Times redesign by Andy Rutledge
AmericanAirlines redesign by Dustin Curtis
Texas Rangers redesign by Andy Rutledge
Aruba redesign by Riccardo Ghignoni
Ryanair redesign by Philip Joyce